Max Richter - Infra
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Based on 14 reviews
2010 Ratings: #72 / 855
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Based on 15 ratings
July 20, 2010 / Release Date
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83
Pitchfork

Max Richter's music could broadly be classified as neo-classical, or ambient, or electro-acoustic chamber music. These descriptors give you an idea of his sound, but they don't tell you what the music feels like. So while I can recognize those generic touchstones, I hear Richter's music first as night music, sound that makes darkness feel alive. I don't tend to associate music with a mood or a time of day or a season, but I like to listen to his albums when I'm working late. I have an iTunes playlist called "That Feeling" (so-called because it's something I can't quite name), and it is 50% Richter. His music both captures a specific atmosphere and also feels internal.

80
Drowned in Sound

Infra was originally conceived as a 25-minute score for a Royal Ballet collaboration between composer Max Richter, choreographer Wayne McGregor and visual artist Julian Opie which premiered in November 2008 and was also broadcast on BBC2. Fleshed out to just over 40 minutes through the inclusion of outtakes and extended sections, the soundtrack was recently revisited and recorded by Richter and a string quintet with a view to documenting the ballet and giving the musical accompaniment a life of its own. Unsurprisingly, he achieves this and more with his fourth studio album on FatCat's classical imprint 130701, further solidifying his reputation as one of Britain's most versatile and identifiable classical voices.

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END OF YEAR LISTS

#24/Clash
#29/Drowned in Sound

Track List

  1. Infra 1
  2. Journey 1
  3. Infra 2
  4. Infra 3
  5. Journey 2
  6. Infra 4
  7. Journey 3
  8. Journey 4
  9. Journey 5
  10. Infra 5
  11. Infra 6
  12. Infra 7
  13. Infra 8

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